Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN

Eat Healthy, Save Money, as Prices Rise

Eat Healthy, Save Money: Real HealthyEconomic forecasters are saying this summer’s persistent drought will be showing up soon at a grocery store near you — in the form of higher prices on everyday items.


Perfect timing, then, for the recent release of the Environmental Working Group’s lastest effort: Good Food on a Tight Budget. The EWG is perhaps best known for their “Dirty Dozen” guide to the vegetables that are highest and lowest in pesticide residues. (For more on that, see my article, Are Organics Worth the Cost?)


This latest consumer-friendly guide lists the 100 foods that deliver the most nutrition for the least money — and are also low in pesticides and easy on the environment.


Sounds good to me! Budget-friendly, nutrition all-stars that deserve a standing spot on your grocery list include broccoli, barley, tuna, peanut butter (even in peanut butter pie!), and bananas. Here are some ways to enjoy them.




Southwest Tuna and Black Beans

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

Not only is this dish good for you, but it clocks in at less than 30 minutes to make. Can’t lose!




“Healthified” Banana Nut Bread

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

With almost half the fat but half more fiber than the original recipe, the bread couldn’t be healthier.




Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

By using frozen bananas in this healthful morning drink, you get a smoothie that’s unusually rich and thick.




Thai Noodles

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

And now it’s time for nutritious peanut butter, here in a luscious sauce with Asian noodles.




Broccoli Grape Salad

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

Crunchy and sweet, this salad is a quick and easy way to add a nutritious side dish that goes with everything.




Vegetable Barley Salad

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

Barley doesn’t get the respect for flavor it deserves, and in this salad, the grain really shines.




Spicy Barley and Rice

Eat Heathy, Save Money: Real Healthy

This dish packs more punch than the name implies, with barley and rich soaking up the tang of chipotle peppers.




Get in shape by making all these recipes for great healthy meals!






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